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Uhuru moves quick to save Chebukati

Riziki Hamadi

Jubilee Party leadership at a past campaign rally in Nairobi. [Photo|PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta's ruling Jubilee Party now seeks to block a case in which three voters moved to the High Court, seeking to stop the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from conducting the fresh presidential election.

Brian Asin, Ben Wanasakaami and Kevin Olwanga argued that IEBC failed to effectively conduct a credible election on August 8, after the Supreme Court nullified the presidential poll, which had seen President Uhuru re-elected.

According to the trio, IEBC as currently constituted should not conduct any other election including the October 17 presidential polls, since they had lost public confidence.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba and the six Commissioners are listed as respondents in the case, which High Court judge John Mativo directed petitioners to serve respondents in the case and appear for a hearing on Wednesday September 13.

Jubilee Party was enjoined in the case, as it seeks to save Chebukati's team, saying the IEBC should be allowed to conduct the election, given that it has insufficient time basing on the Constitution.

The party argued that the process of appointing a new electoral body is cumbersome and long, even as October 17, first approaches.

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